A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
There are a great many people who work to fill their lives with the treasures of this world such as wealth, power, possessions, authority, pleasure, status, influence, or celebrity. They focus their efforts on building up their own little kingdom in this world.
Our Catholic Christian faith and life call us to find our treasure in the Kingdom of God instead. Rather than grasping what we can for ourselves like the tenants of the vineyard in today’s gospel, we are called every day to build God’s reign in our community and to serve the Lord first and foremost.
The treasures of this world and of this life will eventually disappear, but the Reign of God and the life of God will be everlasting. Our call and our goal are to live for God rather than grasping all that we can for ourselves. May we heed this call and pursue this goal every day of our lives. God bless! —Father Jim Torquato
NOVEMBER PARISH MEN’S RETREAT
Mark your calendar now and reserve time for this year’s Men’s Retreat at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center on the South Side during the weekend of Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, November 21-23.
This is a good opportunity to recharge your spiritual life in quiet reflection, conversation, presentations, Liturgy, and prayer. The theme of this year’s retreat is “Bringing Hope and Compassion to a Hurting World.”
If you’d like more information, please contact Jim Fanning (412-492-8147 or by email here) OR Bob Auray (412-406-8800).
OCTOBER 19 LITURGY WITH ANOINTING OF THE SICK
On Sunday, October 19, during the 11:00 am Liturgy, we will hold our annual Anointing of the Sick following the homily. Members of our parish who are senior members, those dealing with illness or a health condition, and those preparing for surgery or a medical procedure are most welcome to join us and receive this Sacrament. You’re also welcome to inform your family, relatives, and friends about this celebration of the sacrament on October 19 at the 11:00 am Mass. Please mark your calendar and join us.
OCTOBER 18 MASS FOR THOSE DISABLED
Each year, our parish hosts a Liturgy to pray with and for members of our Diocese who are living with disabilities. On Saturday, October 18, at the 5:00 pm Liturgy, we will welcome back Father Walter Rydzon, chaplain of the diocesan deaf community, who will preside and preach at this special Liturgy.
Many thanks to our parish members and families who have hosted this special event for many years, and many thanks to our Saturday 5:00 pm congregation for helping us to extend a welcome to all those who will be joining us for this annual Liturgy for the Disabled. All are welcome to join us on Saturday, October 18 for the 5:00 pm Mass!
OCTOBER — THE MONTH OF MARY AND THE ROSARY
During the months of October and May, our Catholic tradition is to honor Mary, the mother of the Lord and our mother. During the month ahead, we express our gratitude to the Blessed Mother for her most important role in the life of Jesus. We also recall Mary’s very important role in each of our lives and the life of the Lord’s Church.
Among the ways that we honor our Blessed Mother, one of the most beloved is the prayer of the Rosary in which we recall the events of Jesus’ life and offer our prayers to God and to Mary. May we join Catholic Christians throughout the world in the prayer of the Rosary throughout October, and may we always remember and call upon the love and care of Mary, our Blessed Mother!
OUR RESPECT LIFE MONTH IN OCTOBER
October is also a month to promote and encourage our respect for human life in our community, our state, and our nation. Throughout our history, Christians have promoted the sanctity of human life and of God’s creation. Many Catholic Christians have come to the aid of those pre-born, the young, the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged because we cherish the gift of life that only God our Creator can give.
As we enter into this year’s Respect Life Month, please join Catholics throughout our community, nation, and world in reminding others of the sanctity and importance of God’s remarkable gift of life given to all people!
THIS SUNDAY’S RESPECT LIFE PRAYER CHAIN
The annual Respect Life Sunday Prayer Chain will be held in Etna this Sunday, October 5, from 2:00—3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to stand up and pray for Life on Route 8 from Kittanning Street to Grant Ave. Signs for this silent hour of prayer will be available at the intersection of Butler Street and Grant Street. Parking is available on Catherine Street. Bring a lawn chair if needed. All are welcome to participate!
WHERE DOES A BIBLE PASSAGE COME FROM?
Another question that we can ask as we try to understand a passage in the Scriptures is: where does this come from? What is the historical and cultural context of this passage? How can we place it within the “big picture” of the story of Israel and the Church?
For example, Ezekiel’s prophecy regarding the valley full of bones (in Ezekiel 37) might just seem like a bizarre vision until we realize that the prophet is speaking to a community in exile—a community whose hopes had been shattered by brutal forces of politics and warfare, a community wondering whether God has left them for dead. In this context, the image of heaps of bones of dead soldiers that become a living, breathing army testifies to God’s continuing commitment to the people of Israel and God’s power to bring life even out of tragedy.
Study aids are very useful in learning about the context of the Scriptures in the Bible. Any major Catholic publisher will have numerous books on the Bible. There are also Catholic Study Bibles with helpful study materials included. These include the Catholic Study Bible (published by Oxford University Press) and the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible. These resources and guides give us better insight into the world of the Bible so that we may better understand it!
—from Andy Bechman
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES MEGA MEETING
On Sunday, October 19, at 12 noon in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center, all Confirmation candidates as well as a parent (or sponsor) are required to participate in the first Confirmation Mega Meeting of this year. Please mark your calendar now and plan to join our staff for this important gathering!
INTERSECTION BIBLE STUDY FOR GRADES 8-12
Our Bible Study for students in grades 8-12 will be held on Sunday, October 12, 10—11 am, in the Ministry Center. There will be a light breakfast and lively discussion!
OCTOBER 12 HOME STUDY CHECK-IN
All CCD Home Study families are required to check in with our Religious Education staff on Sunday, October 12, from 8:00—9:00 am in the school cafeteria. Thanks!
PREPARING MEALS FOR FAMILY HOUSE
On Wednesday, October 8 from 4:00—7:00 pm, our high school and middle school students are welcome to travel together to Family House for the preparation of a meal for the families residing there. Please reply to Mrs. Dillon before October 7. Come join us!
MIDDLE SCHOOL FAITH RALLY
On Friday evening, October 10, a Catholic Faith Rally for Middle School students will be held at Saint Louise de Marillac Parish in Upper Saint Clair. The featured speaker will be Catholic comedian Chris Padget. The donation is $10 per student. Please reply to Mrs. Dillon by October 9.
OCTOBER 14 MEETING FOR APPALACHIA 2015
The first preparation meeting for our Appalachia 2015 Mission Trip will be held on Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 pm in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center. Any students and adult chaperones who are interested in participating next summer are encouraged to attend this first meeting!
OCTOBER 15 ZOO SCAVENGER HUNT
High School students are welcome to take part in the Wednesday, October 15 lunch and Zoo Scavenger Hunt. Please meet at 12:30 pm at Five Guys in the Waterworks Mall. Call Jamie or Meredith if you need a ride.
LOCAL NOVEMBER 1 CONFERENCE ON THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
Want to hear and learn about sharing our Catholic faith with others? Plan to attend an afternoon conference on the New Evangelization at the Monroeville Convention Center on Saturday, November 1, from 1:00—5:30 pm. There will be well known Catholic speakers and a Liturgy at 4:30 pm. Visit namcatholicchurch.org for info and to register.
THIS SUNDAY’S BLESSING OF ANIMALS
A Blessing of Animals will take place on Sunday, October 5 at 1:30 pm at the church. Please use leashes and cages where needed. Our blessing customarily takes place around Saint Francis’ Day on October 4.
SERVING THE WOMEN OF OUR PARISH
On Thursday, October 9 at 7:00 pm in the Pastoral Center hall, the Aquinas Service Committee will hold a meeting to plan service projects for the benefit of women in our parish and our community. The Committee is dedicated to assisting the community by giving back to other women.
AN EVENING “IN PRAISE OF MARY”
All women of our parish are invited to a special evening of Scripture readings, reflections, and prayers honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary during this month of October! This special service “In Praise of Mary” will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 16 in the church.
Join us in reflecting on the special moments of Mary’s life, and learn ways in which we can mirror her virtues in our daily lives. No reservations required. Please feel free to bring your friends and neighbors, and afterward, plan on staying for some refreshments and fellowship in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center.
If you’d like to volunteer to bring a snack for the social, please call Bernadine (412-963-0198) or Joanne (412-963-8319) this week. See you on October 16!
LIFE ETERNAL BIBLE STUDY
The Biblical promise of Eternal Life appears late in the Scriptures, but it blossoms into fullness with the Resurrection of Christ. Explore the growing hope of those who have called upon the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the past as well as the crystallization of our hope for Eternal Life in the victory of Christ over death.
This Bible Study will be offered on seven Thursday mornings from 10:00—11:30am from October 9 to November 20. We will meet in the Marsico Library of the parish Ministry Center, and we’ll use materials from the Little Rock Scripture Study. There is a fee of $20 for materials, payable at the first session. For more information, or to register, see the flyer at the church entrances. See also the Adult Faith Formation page on our website. You may also contact Andy Bechman at 412-781-0186, ext. 18 OR by email here. Be sure to register as soon as possible so that your materials can be ordered.
Previous participants have written that these Bible Study sessions are an excellent way to learn about the Bible and how the Bible informs the faith of all who study it together!
OCTOBER 12 COLLEGE FAIR AT DUQUESNE U.
Next Sunday, October 12, from 1—3pm, 150 PA and U.S. universities and colleges will be at the AJ Palumbo Center at Duquesne University. H.S. students welcome!
BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday: Isaiah 5:1-7 / Philippians 4:6-9 / and Matthew 21:33-43
Monday—Saturday: Galatians 1-3 / Luke 10-11
Next Sunday: Isaiah 25:6-10 / Philippians 4:12-20 / and Matthew 22:1-14
LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, October 6—Blessed Marie Rose Durocher
8:30 am Andrea Certo (The Certo Family)
Tuesday, October 7— Our Lady of the Rosary
8:30 am George Mervosh (The Phillips Family)
Wednesday, October 8
8:30 am Virginia Robertshaw (Evelyn Conflenti)
Thursday, October 9
8:30 am Aline Libbon (Jean & Bill Eckert )
Friday, October 10
8:30 am Jeff and Elizabeth Miller (Eileen & Betty Bates)
Saturday, October 11—Pope Saint John XXIII
9:00 am Milton Brucker (Dr. & Mrs. Robert Wasson)
5:00 pm Gino Marsico (Wife, Rita Marsico)
Presider: Father James Torquato
Sunday, October 12 — Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30 am All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
Presider: Father James Torquato
9:00 am Ann Krause (The Maloney Family)
Presider: Father James Torquato
11:00 am John and Angela Sadlo (The Bonessa Family)
Presider: Father James Torquato
DINING AT MAX & ERMA’S TO DONATE
On Thursday, October 16, from 11am—10pm, at Max & Erma’s in Fox Chapel (RIDC Park), 20% of your bill will be returned to our C.D.T. Catholic Academy. Please take a flyer from the church entrance, and present it to your server!
DONATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS AND POOR
Please remember the needs of the poor in our area.
Really needed now are clean used or new sheets and blankets. Also needed are: macaroni and cheese, canned fruit and vegetables (pull tab cans preferred), canned red, kidney, or black beans, and low fat powdered milk. Please also check the parish website here for information. Donation bins are located in the church entrance. Thanks much!
VICTIM’S DIOCESAN ASSISTANCE HOTLINE
Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh offers a toll-free hotline for anyone needing to report abuse. The Victim's Assistance Hotline is 1-888-808-1235.
GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!
LEARNING CATHOLIC SOCIAL VALUES
This school year, our principal, Mr. Mark Grgurich, has implemented a program to share our Catholic social values and teachings with all our students! This October, students will learn about the “Life and Dignity of the Human Spirit” as they reflect on the value that every person is sacred.
In our Kindergarten Class this October, our students are learning: all about Mary and praying the Rosary; about the Archangels and Guardian Angels, and about Saint Francis of Assisi. Catholic education is always very beneficial!
REGISTER NOW FOR THE FALL FLING!
Please join us as we “Light Up The Night” in support of Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy! Reserve your seats now for Friday evening, November 14, 2014 and enjoy an evening filled with great auction items and delicious food stations. If you haven’t received your invitation in the mail, you’ll find one in the church entrance, OR visit our CDTCA school office where invitations are available.
Also, order your “Mystery Boxes” on your response card when you return your Reply. Look for our CDTCA students following Sunday Liturgies in October for an opportunity to participate in the “10 Times Your Money” raffle. Thanks in advance for all of your support of CDTCA! If you have questions, contact Dani Folino by email here OR 412-287-6197. Thank you very much!
For information on our academy, visit cdtca.org!
BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
Many thanks to the McCabe Brothers Funeral Homes, Shadyside and Bloomfield, for being a Sunday Bulletin sponsor. Contact them for your family and planning needs.
Inviting and Welcoming
Now and in the years ahead, we will focus on inviting new members and families to join us as well as welcoming our current members to participate in our Liturgy and parish life! Let’s all invite God’s people to join us and welcome them too!
SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Telephone 412-781-0186, ext. 10
Parish Office hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
The Most Reverend David A. Zubik, DD
The Episcopal Vicar for Diocesan Region Four
Very Reverend Philip N. Farrell, VE
Pastor of the Parish
Reverend James R. Torquato............................Ext. 10
Director of Music/ Bereavement Coordinator
Sister Patricia Baker, CDP................................Ext. 17
Director of Adult Religious Education and R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, MEd....................................Ext. 18
Parish Secretary—Safe Environment Program—Bulletin
Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, MS, MA, RRT...............................Ext. 20
Office Manager/ Parish Accountant
Christine Morton ...........................................Ext. 24
Assistants for the Religious Education Program
Meredith Troyan, Gina Musser..........................Ext. 21
CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927